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The future of South Africa lies in the hands of its youth, but many of these young people never reach their goals and dreams due to a lack of quality education and less than desirable home conditions.
Most of the children you would encounter on our Education Programme come from poor backgrounds and have to travel to and from school without any adult supervision. Some of their parents work all day and night to provide for them and therefore they do not receive any attention at home.
You will get the opportunity to really make a difference in your school by getting involved in school activities and implementing your ideas, whether it be a sports day or an after school art club. You will gain the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve changed lives!! Apply today and make dreams come true. http://sasts.org.za/index.php/volunteer-south-africa/education
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The future of South Africa lies in the hands of its youth, but many of these young people never reach their goals and dreams due to a lack of quality education and less than desirable home conditions.

Most of the children you would encounter on our Education Programme come from poor backgrounds and have to travel to and from school without any adult supervision. Some of their parents work all day and night to provide for them and therefore they do not receive any attention at home.

You will get the opportunity to really make a difference in your school by getting involved in school activities and implementing your ideas, whether it be a sports day or an after school art club. You will gain the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve changed lives!! Apply today and make dreams come true. http://sasts.org.za/index.php/volunteer-south-africa/education

Weltwarts volunteers program

Government sponsored German volunteers that will be staying in the country for 9 months. They have been placed in various projects from Education, Childcare to Environmental projects.  They will be staying at home stays around Cape Town. They will also be joining the Hotspots 3 Day Western Cape WOW tour.

 The idea behind the Weltwarts volunteer service is the successful formula of “learning by serving” and its aims are twofold: to achieve added developmental value for the partner projects in terms of help towards self-help, and to spark new interest in development issues in Germany.

The Weltwarts programme is basically a government funded programme and the volunteers are in country for 9 months. There isn’t much difference between this and our other programmes except that these volunteers get a 3 day tour, extra orientation sessions and a mid-way session to find out how things are going. Volunteers on this program need to write reports as well about their volunteer experience in South Africa as part of the program requirements.

So we welcome our German volunteers and trust they will fall in love with Cape Town and make the most of their stay in Cape Town

 

Prochorus Micro-Project in Kayamandi

A group of 8 volunteers from Spain have arrived in South Africa on the 7th of August and have joined a 21 day micro-project programme for 3 weeks in the Kayamandi township. They will be doing Computer Training for the unemployed in Kayamandi and to the younger learners as well. They will also be doing childcare, literacy classes and upgrade of a local church. They will be staying in the local community.

The project aims to empower, train and develop skills on various levels from crafts to computer skills and childcare (training carers). They also facilitate social development and skills development among the residents of Kayamandi Township.

The Micro-Project aims to assist the local community with the help of enthusiastic, skilled and non-skilled volunteers that have a desire for making a meaningful contribution to the poor.

Here are a few pictures of Kayamandi

What’s included in your volunteer fees

Placement in a suitable project and with a Host Family/Volunteer House in the City

Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa

Transfer from the airport to the SASTS house

Dormitory accommodation in the City for 1 night during Orientation

Transfer to SASTS office for Orientation

Orientation Programme, including Welcome Session, Orientation Session and a walking tour of Cape Town

Transportation to Host Family after Orientation

3 meals a day and accommodation at Host Family/Volunteer House

24 hour in country staff support

You can either be placed in a Home stay in one our local communities in the greater Cape Peninsula area or have the option to be placed in the city for your duration of your programme and be accommodated at the SASTS House (dormitory accommodation, subject to availability). The House is situated minutes from the beautiful Sea Point Promenade, WIFI access etc. and is a great option should you be arriving in our warmer months. You will still be placed at a public school in the city where help is needed.

Refer to the image at the bottom of this page to see a picture of where the SASTS volunteer house is situated.

Cheers to SASTS for turning 40!

This year is quite a big achievement for SASTS as we’re turning 40! 

SASTS (South African Student Travel Services) was set up in 1972 to provide affordable travel opportunities for South African students. It was the travel division of NUSAS, the National Union of South African Students, whose activities took root in the days of Apartheid. During the past few years SASTS Working Adventures has branched out to include exciting opportunities for foreign travelers to experience South Africa by implementing Work South Africa, Volunteer South Africa, Groups and High School South Africa.

SASTS has played an integral role in facilitating student and youth travel for almost 40 years and is well equipped to help students realise their travel dreams. Working with reputable and internationally recognised partners and being members of international associations such as the Federation of Experiment in International Living (FEIL) and the World Youth Student and Travel Confederation (WYSTEC), SASTS programmes are run in accordance with guidelines put in place by these international organisations.

Now that the formalities are done we can get down to the real stuff. It’s quite exciting to be celebrating 40 years in the travel and tourism (and now voluntourism) industry. It’s a very big achievement when there are 100’s of agencies in the same market, we can be proud to belong to an organisation such as SASTS, who has such a rich and long history.

I’m not going to go on in detail about how great our company is but instead decided to post pictures of SASTS over the years and let you get a feel of how the organisation has grown into what it is today!

The SASTS team is quite tight knit and is extremely proud to be celebrating 40 years.

So here’s to turning 40! Happy Birthday SASTS 

These are just a few of the pictures from the SASTS archive of our past staff, EIL group of 2007, volunteer work in the townships and our work abroad programs.

Last month we welcomed one of our biggest groups of volunteers. We had a group of friends coming directly from the UK who were referred from a past SASTS volunteer. 
Then we had a group of about 10 volunteers from the US who had come through one of our fairly new partners.
We had 2 volunteers from Netherlands and the last 2 from Ireland.
So it was a nice mix of volunteers and everyone seemed fired up for their volunteer stint in Cape Town.
As you can imagine it must’ve been quite daunting for the SASTS staff to give an orientation presentation with so many new faces in the room, but they handled themselves pretty well.
After the presentation, Bill our tour guide from the US (who now resides in Sunny Cape Town) gives the volunteers a short presentation about the history of South Africa and specifically Cape Town and then takes the group on a 2 hour walking tour around Cape Town.
The volunteers thoroughly enjoy this part of the presentation as they get to learn and see Cape Town’s rich history and natural beauty.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!
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Last month we welcomed one of our biggest groups of volunteers. We had a group of friends coming directly from the UK who were referred from a past SASTS volunteer. 
Then we had a group of about 10 volunteers from the US who had come through one of our fairly new partners.
We had 2 volunteers from Netherlands and the last 2 from Ireland.
So it was a nice mix of volunteers and everyone seemed fired up for their volunteer stint in Cape Town.
As you can imagine it must’ve been quite daunting for the SASTS staff to give an orientation presentation with so many new faces in the room, but they handled themselves pretty well.
After the presentation, Bill our tour guide from the US (who now resides in Sunny Cape Town) gives the volunteers a short presentation about the history of South Africa and specifically Cape Town and then takes the group on a 2 hour walking tour around Cape Town.
The volunteers thoroughly enjoy this part of the presentation as they get to learn and see Cape Town’s rich history and natural beauty.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!
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Last month we welcomed one of our biggest groups of volunteers. We had a group of friends coming directly from the UK who were referred from a past SASTS volunteer. 
Then we had a group of about 10 volunteers from the US who had come through one of our fairly new partners.
We had 2 volunteers from Netherlands and the last 2 from Ireland.
So it was a nice mix of volunteers and everyone seemed fired up for their volunteer stint in Cape Town.
As you can imagine it must’ve been quite daunting for the SASTS staff to give an orientation presentation with so many new faces in the room, but they handled themselves pretty well.
After the presentation, Bill our tour guide from the US (who now resides in Sunny Cape Town) gives the volunteers a short presentation about the history of South Africa and specifically Cape Town and then takes the group on a 2 hour walking tour around Cape Town.
The volunteers thoroughly enjoy this part of the presentation as they get to learn and see Cape Town’s rich history and natural beauty.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!
Zoom Info
Last month we welcomed one of our biggest groups of volunteers. We had a group of friends coming directly from the UK who were referred from a past SASTS volunteer. 
Then we had a group of about 10 volunteers from the US who had come through one of our fairly new partners.
We had 2 volunteers from Netherlands and the last 2 from Ireland.
So it was a nice mix of volunteers and everyone seemed fired up for their volunteer stint in Cape Town.
As you can imagine it must’ve been quite daunting for the SASTS staff to give an orientation presentation with so many new faces in the room, but they handled themselves pretty well.
After the presentation, Bill our tour guide from the US (who now resides in Sunny Cape Town) gives the volunteers a short presentation about the history of South Africa and specifically Cape Town and then takes the group on a 2 hour walking tour around Cape Town.
The volunteers thoroughly enjoy this part of the presentation as they get to learn and see Cape Town’s rich history and natural beauty.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!
Zoom Info
Last month we welcomed one of our biggest groups of volunteers. We had a group of friends coming directly from the UK who were referred from a past SASTS volunteer. 
Then we had a group of about 10 volunteers from the US who had come through one of our fairly new partners.
We had 2 volunteers from Netherlands and the last 2 from Ireland.
So it was a nice mix of volunteers and everyone seemed fired up for their volunteer stint in Cape Town.
As you can imagine it must’ve been quite daunting for the SASTS staff to give an orientation presentation with so many new faces in the room, but they handled themselves pretty well.
After the presentation, Bill our tour guide from the US (who now resides in Sunny Cape Town) gives the volunteers a short presentation about the history of South Africa and specifically Cape Town and then takes the group on a 2 hour walking tour around Cape Town.
The volunteers thoroughly enjoy this part of the presentation as they get to learn and see Cape Town’s rich history and natural beauty.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!
Zoom Info
Last month we welcomed one of our biggest groups of volunteers. We had a group of friends coming directly from the UK who were referred from a past SASTS volunteer. 
Then we had a group of about 10 volunteers from the US who had come through one of our fairly new partners.
We had 2 volunteers from Netherlands and the last 2 from Ireland.
So it was a nice mix of volunteers and everyone seemed fired up for their volunteer stint in Cape Town.
As you can imagine it must’ve been quite daunting for the SASTS staff to give an orientation presentation with so many new faces in the room, but they handled themselves pretty well.
After the presentation, Bill our tour guide from the US (who now resides in Sunny Cape Town) gives the volunteers a short presentation about the history of South Africa and specifically Cape Town and then takes the group on a 2 hour walking tour around Cape Town.
The volunteers thoroughly enjoy this part of the presentation as they get to learn and see Cape Town’s rich history and natural beauty.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!
Zoom Info

Last month we welcomed one of our biggest groups of volunteers. We had a group of friends coming directly from the UK who were referred from a past SASTS volunteer.

Then we had a group of about 10 volunteers from the US who had come through one of our fairly new partners.

We had 2 volunteers from Netherlands and the last 2 from Ireland.

So it was a nice mix of volunteers and everyone seemed fired up for their volunteer stint in Cape Town.

As you can imagine it must’ve been quite daunting for the SASTS staff to give an orientation presentation with so many new faces in the room, but they handled themselves pretty well.

After the presentation, Bill our tour guide from the US (who now resides in Sunny Cape Town) gives the volunteers a short presentation about the history of South Africa and specifically Cape Town and then takes the group on a 2 hour walking tour around Cape Town.

The volunteers thoroughly enjoy this part of the presentation as they get to learn and see Cape Town’s rich history and natural beauty.

Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!

Laurel arrived in Cape Town a few weeks back an yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with her again to find out if she’s enjoying her time and having a great experience so far.

She’s been placed at a Primary School project within a community in Cape Town and is staying with a host family (and 2 other SASTS volunteers) in the same community.

She was thrown into the deep end a bit when she was asked to take over a Grade 3 class of 30 8-9 year learner’s because the school is understaffed.

She’s taken in her stride and has completely made the role her own, she’s so at ease in front of the class and the kids absolutely adore her!

I must admit I would’ve been a bit frazzled, but she’s a complete natural, even offering extra tutoring to kids struggling with math after school!

Laurel’s only been here a few short weeks and she’s already made such an impact at the school and the kids - a real role model for future volunteer’s. 

She seems t be settling in really well and loves Cape Town. In her own words “Its a terrific experience and I’m really enjoying it.”

Roos (affectionately known as Rosie by her students) has been in Cape Town since March and has been livening up her Primary School with various sporting activities.

The kids play games and do various physical activities to keep them fit, active and healthy.

I’m sure all her students will miss her energy and games when she leaves.

Keep up the good work Rosie!

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